Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer


Summer has come and gone so quickly.  It seems like Eddie  just finished school a couple of days ago  and yet that was at the end of May; and now he has started school again as of  two days ago.   I think Autumn has tried to keep pace with the school schedule,  because I felt its subtle arrival on the same day, making the last two mornings crisp and cool, while the sun seems to have shifted and has traded off its scorching heat for a lovely golden sunshine.

We have certainly had the heat this summer, and so little moisture.  The forest fires were worse than ever.   On most mornings, I would be out in the heat trying to keep the garden alive by what felt like constant watering, and I would be talking to Elizabeth or Marie, who were in Florida where it was flooding.  We all wished we could swap a little weather with each other.

The summer has been spent with garden and farm work, and little else. I don't say that by complaint, because I enjoy it. Its just that it has been our main focus this year.  We did enjoy going up to some organic farms in the Denver area for the 4th of July.  We picked berries and cherries, and made some black raspberry jam and pies, and some cherry jam and pies from our harvest.  The cherry jam was so good and the first time I had ever made it.  We were also able to attend a Joel Salatin workshop in Colorado Springs last week, which was a highlight for us.  Joel Salatin is someone who is in the forefront of organic and polyculture farming,  We have been working on bringing back our farm/ranch business in the organic and polyculture method, and have such fun exploring  endless ideas for it.

Here are a few pictures of our summer.  My camera has been out of sorts, so the pictures are colored poorly. But here they are just as is.
"Ol' Blue" decked out for the Fourth


 We picked some wonderful berries at "Berry Patch Farms"


Here they are;
Currents, Black Raspberries, and Cherries


We just dug up some of our first potatoes of the season.  They look beautiful don't they?


"Thelma Lou" says to tell you "Hey".


The chicken coop was previously a pigeon coop...notice the little pigeon door above the window.


Steve built our little gals some nice nesting boxes in late Spring,


and brought some of our patio furniture down for me to sit on, so I could socialize with the gals
while I water. 
Those little gals love to socialize....I am speaking of the chickens of course. Then there are my own girls, who I  love to chat with on the phone, while I water and weed the garden... it is my special, happy moment of the day.


The little gals all started coming in the coop while I was taking pictures, to see what I was doing.


They asked if they could personally demonstrate the loveliness of their indoor/outdoor patio.
This is their favorite place to sleep at night, enjoying the best of both worlds.


The corn came up nicely this summer, but the heat and drought has been so fierce, I am not sure what we will find when we start harvesting it.


The green beans and pinto beans are growing nicely.


A nice patch of buckwheat is growing and attracting all of the bees we need.


These are pinto beans.... I can taste the chili now.


The tomatoes are finally bearing fruit after the heat of summer slowed them down a bit


We let a couple of things go to seed this year, to try our hand at saving seed.
These are carrots that have flowered so prettily.



Well,  that's all for now.   Have a great week everyone.  

Blessings, Pam

Back from a Long Break

I've been away so long that my computer address bar didn't even remember my blog name, and it took me a little longer than usual to pull up my blog.  I guess you could say that I took  a long blogging break.  It wasn't really a thought out pre-planned break, but that's what it ended up to be.  We have had so much going on, that I have not been able to get back into blog land.   For the last several weeks I have had the itch, but  couldn't quite get there... I even took pictures intending to post them, but still couldn't get there.  I am sure some of you have had months like that.

We haven't been up to anything unusual, but somehow life has felt more overwhelming than usual, and so I have let the blogging go by the wayside, and put my energy into life... a sweet blogging friend had even blessed me with words near to those, which gave me a nice release to let it go for a bit.

And now I am back.  I have a post I am working on and some pictures I am wanting to down load this evening.  I thought I would start with this mini-update and let you know that yes, I am still alive, and so is the family... we are still all here carrying on with life.  I look forward to calling upon my blogging friends as well, and see what you have been up to.


Talk you you soon,


Pam